Namamayagpag sa Taguig! Minority Leader Abante irked by POGOs in Bonifacio Global City
By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN
House Minority Floor Leader and Manila Rep. Bienvenido “Benny” Abante has raised eyebrows over Chinese POGO hubs operating inside Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.
In a press conference of Wednesday, Abante voiced his concerns over several POGO hubs operating near key vital installations like Fort Bonifacio, Camp Aguinaldo, and Villamor Airbase.
Abante warned that the country’s national security maybe compromised with the existence of such POGO hubs near major military camps.
“That’s true!” said Abante in response whether or not the ballooning numbers of Chinese-operated POGO hubs near military can be considered as “security threat.”
Abante stressed that inside the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) which is located at the heart of Fort Bonifacio, there are at least three POGO hubs actively operating in the area.
“In fact in BGC alone, there are three POGO hubs eh. In BGC nasa gitna ‘yan ng Fort Bonifacio eh. Alright? The thing is this? Sino ang nagbibigay ng work permit for the to come and work?” said Abante.
BGC is just 2.6 kilometers (km) away from the general headquarters of the Philippine Army (PA) and only 4.3 km away from the headquarters of the Philippine Marine Corps.
Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Rep. Jericho “Koko” Nograles on Tuesday said there are POGO hubs along West McKinley and McKinley Hill located inside BGC.
Nograles earlier has called the attention of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) for allowing the Chinese-operated offshore gaming hubs to operate near vital installations and major military camps.
Nograles also warned over the reported sightings of “military-looking” Chinese nationals in various POGO hubs including those located in vital installations.
BCDA is currently under the leadership of Vince Dizon. Dizon is a known confidante of House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano .
Dizon previously served as the chief political officer of the incumbent Taguig-Pateros congressman when the latter was still a senator.